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Watertown Holds Pickleball Ceremony for New Outdoor Complex

Watertown Holds Pickleball Ceremony for New Outdoor Complex: In a significant milestone for the Watertown Pickleball Association (WPA), the groundbreaking ceremony for a new eight-court outdoor pickleball complex took place Tuesday morning, just east of the Prairie Lakes Wellness Center. Jolette Kosier, WPA president, encapsulated the sentiment of the community with a simple yet profound statement: “What a great day for Watertown pickleball.”

From Vision to Reality

The WPA, established on May 25, 2021, was born from a vision to provide the city with new outdoor courts. The current courts at Nelson Park suffer from issues like sun damage and cracks, forcing players to create makeshift courts at Highland Park’s tennis courts. The new facility, now just months away from completion, represents the end of three years of dedicated effort.

Watertown Holds Pickleball Ceremony for New Outdoor Complex

Holien acknowledged that while the new complex is a significant step, it may not fully satisfy the growing demand for pickleball in Watertown. “This is a very, very good first step,” he added.

Construction Timeline and Funding

Timmons Construction of Brookings is scheduled to begin excavation later this week or early next week, with an anticipated completion date in early October. The city has generously donated the land and allocated $450,000 to the project. In addition, WPA members raised $387,000, which includes a $50,000 contribution from the Watertown Community Foundation. While initial project bids were around $528,000, the total cost could exceed $600,000 due to additional expenses.

“I’d also like to thank the Watertown Pickleball Association for your diligence and fortitude in getting this across the finish line“- Amanda Mack

City Manager Amanda Mack expressed gratitude towards the Watertown Park and Recreation Department and other city departments for their support. “I’d also like to thank the Watertown Pickleball Association for your diligence and fortitude in getting this across the finish line,” she said.

Community Spirit and Partnership

City Council member Bruce Buhler, a former racquetball player now passionate about pickleball, echoed the community’s excitement. “It’s a great day for Watertown,” Buhler said, emphasizing the importance of the public-private partnership (PPP) that made the project possible. He encouraged others to embrace the benefits of pickleball, the fastest-growing sport across all ages in America.

This project stands as a statement to Watertown’s ability to rally behind worthy causes, showcasing the power of community and collaboration. The new pickleball complex is not just a facility; it is a symbol of what can be achieved when a community works together towards a common goal.

Category Details
Event Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Pickleball Complex
Location East of Prairie Lakes Wellness Center, Watertown
New Facility Details Eight-court outdoor pickleball complex
Construction Timeline Excavation begins this week or early next week; completion by early October
Total Project Cost Estimated $600,000+
City Contribution Land donation and $450,000 funding
WPA Fundraising $387,000 total (including $50,000 from Watertown Community Foundation)
Initial Project Bids Around $528,000

News in Brief: Watertown Holds Pickleball Ceremony for New Outdoor Complex

The Watertown Pickleball Association (WPA) celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for a new eight-court outdoor pickleball complex, marking a significant milestone for the community. Established in 2021, the WPA aimed to provide new courts due to issues with the current ones. Mayor Ried Holien praised the grassroots effort, acknowledging that while the complex is a significant step, demand for pickleball in Watertown continues to grow. Timmons Construction will begin work soon, with a completion date in early October. The city donated land and funds, and WPA raised additional money. The project exemplifies community spirit and successful public-private partnership

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